Software upgrade will be installed

Camas finance department will close at noon Wednesday

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The Camas Finance Department will be closed for nearly three days as its computer software is upgraded.

The closure allows for the installation of new Springbrook software and employee training.

The shutdown begins at noon Wednesday, and lasts until Monday, when the finance department re-opens at 10 a.m.

The $30,800 cost to upgrade the current software, which serves the city’s financial, accounting and utility systems, is part of the 2013 approved budget.

Finance Director Cathy Huber Nickerson said the current system is approximately 12 years old. City officials expect that the new software will improve efficiencies and services for city staff and citizens.

“The city has had some minor enhancements along the way, which have improved operations, but this upgrade is a new environment which will allow the city to be more efficient in service delivery and provide additional services over the next couple of years,” she said.

During the closure, customers can mail their bill, utilize their own online banking options, or use the drop box at City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave.

“On Monday, we offer those options, as well as online with a credit or debit card, automatic debit with your bank account and in-person at City Halal,” Huber Nickerson said.